Football West have announced that all men’s and women’s National Premier League (NPL) matches will be live streamed for the 2020 season.
The inclusion of men’s NPL U20 games for live streaming will allow Football West to showcase more than 150 matches, to be broadcast on their offical Facebook page and YouTube channel.
The opening game of men’s NPL takes place this Friday night with Bayswater City hosting Perth SC at Frank Drago Reserve, while the women’s NPL will see Curtin University playing Football West Hyundai NTC at Edinburgh Oval.
Football West Chief Football Officer Jamie Harnwell said that streaming games will provide many opportunities, including the launch of the new women’s top-flight competition.
“There is already a buzz around the female game in WA on the back of this new competition and Australia and New Zealand winning hosting rights for the 2023 Women’s World Cup. We saw the huge media interest when Sam Kerr was here last week,” he said.
“Now the game will get even greater exposure, with all the top-flight matches to be live streamed.
“The men’s NPL and U20s comps were live streamed last season and that proved really popular. It gives the local talent fantastic exposure and also allows clubs to promote their sponsors and advertisers.”
The news adds to the announcement of Football NSW’s NPL.TV streaming platform back in March, with their confirmed season restart in late July set to see this service used to its full potential.
“I want to pay tribute to all our clubs, administrators, officials, volunteers, players and coaches who have worked together to ensure NPL football would continue to be played this season,” Football NSW Chief Executive Officer Stuart Hodge said.
“I would like to thank everyone for their patience, understanding, unity and commitment to play despite these challenging times.”
“We look forward to showcasing many of our top-level matches on our new NPL.TV streaming platform.”
On Wednesday, Football NSW announced their NPL competitions will run for around three months and conclude in October.
The NPL competitions will take on a revised format for the 2020 season. The season will run for around three months, with a two-week finals series to take place – promotion and relegation will not occur. Some clubs have made the decision to not participate.